|Newham Secures Landmark Agreement with Microsoft|
28 January 2004
IT news service VNUnet reports today that Newham Council has negotiated favourable software licensing terms with Microsoft which it expects will lead to a £1 million saving on infrastructure costs per year.
The moves opens the possibility of other local authorities looking again at their contracts with a view to re-negotiation.
The Council has been pursuing the possibility of migrating to open source alternatives to Microsoft products, but had encountered difficulties finding open source support for its out-of-date email server and over the cost of necessary upgrades.
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